Tampa wins again as the military established Department for Defense Warrior Games are in talks to move the Games to Tampa Florida for the 2019 year. (1)
The Warrior Games were established in 2010 to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of ill and injured troops and veterans and to introduce them to adaptive sports. This year, about 265 took part, representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, SOCom, United Kingdom and the Australian Defense Force.
They competed in shooting, archery, cycling, track and field, swimming, sitting volleyball and wheelchair basketball.
This will be a great win for Tampa Bay because it puts Tampa on the map as a city that supports veterans and gives the city and its people and opportunity to further support the sacrifice they made to help keep America safe. It is also an interesting and entertaining event as it drew over 50K spectators to watch the Games in Chicago this year.
With the U.S. Special Ops Command posted in MacDill Air Force base these games could bolster reputation of the Base and Tampa in general going forward. In fact, Special Ops Command has expressed a lot of interest in hosting the games. Tampa natives know about the huge economic force that is behind McDill Air Force Base as well as a respected military outpost that would do well in hosting such an event.
Showing support for the troops, regardless of opinion on war, is something that is respected and will garner more respect for Tampa moving forward. As a transplant city, there are plenty of veterans who would appreciate this move and be given the chance to be honored once again. It’s already a city that is known for its friendliness to veterans and treats them well so this is a move that only makes sense.
Let’s see if we can get it to happen!
- H. Altman “SOCom Moves to bring growing Warrior Games for injured troops to Tampa” tampabaytimes.com July 25, Web, August 15, 2017